Above The Fold:  Covid-19; Transitioning to Zoom

The Lexington Shambhala Center continues to be closed. We have begun a Covid-19 information page (under Current Events), and have been Transitioning to Zoom (Shambhala Times). Our current offerings in Zoom are listed below (A Super Easy Guide to Zoom).

Free Gatherings in Zoom (Donations Gratefully Accepted)

Virtual Outreach in the Arts: When we are in-person, Lexington Shambhala Center hosts concerts with Lance Brunner and art exhibits with Karl Lindstrom. We now offer one of each, virtually. 

  • Virtual Concert, Music as Sacred Path: This concert was livestreamed in Zoom on December 5, and a higher quality recording has been uploaded to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/vCneJrMkn14. It features pop vocals sung by Anna Katori and classical guitar selections performed by Geraldo Neto and Collin Holloway. Lance Brunner hosts.
  • Virtual Art Exhibit: Wingspan Redux – 2D and 3D works by Carleton Wing. Karl Lindstrom staged the show, and Vincent Dummer created a 360-degree panoramic virtual exhibit here: https://app.lapentor.com/sphere/lsmc?scene=5fc84f81028294163b119ef4.  This show was originally scheduled to be live, in-person, during the March 20 Gallery Hop. The show and Hop were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and sadly, Carleton Wing died from Covid-19 on April 2. This virtual show celebrates Carleton Wing and his life’s work.

Café Shambhala
will meet in Zoom for the foreseeable future on Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Café Shambhala especially welcomes those who are new to meditation. Click here for more information.

Open Sitting Sessions with Chants: Join us on Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm  or Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm for sitting and chants. Click here for details.

Community Gatherings: Opening the Circle. Fridays, 7-8 pm. People are waking up as our world faces Covid-19, racism, sexual abuse and exploitation, social justice/criminal justice reform, climate change and the intended and unintended deaths of many, while we shelter at home and try to adapt to rapid changes in our lives. How can we keep from losing heart, feeling isolated, and draw on our inner and outer resources? How can we support each other as community during such fearful, painful, and uncertain times? The Lexington Shambhala Center warmly invites you to our series of gatherings for check-in & support, open conversation, and expressions of basic sanity via Zoom. These gatherings will be hosted by our Leadership Team and other community members. For details, click here.

Shambhala Sadhana: Sundays at 9-10 am. Discovering the Sun of Basic Goodness. This weekly practice is open to those who have received the Shambhala Sadhana lung. For more details, click here. Email Lucia Gilchrist to request the Zoom link: [email protected]

White Tara Practice: Shastri Shelly Heinz will be leading White Tara practice sessions in a Zoom room, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am, and Thursdays from 7-8 pm for the foreseeable future. To participate in this practice, students need to have an established practice of shamatha meditation and to have already received instruction in White Tara practice.  Email Shelley at [email protected] for the Zoom link for access to these practice sessions. For description of White Tara practice, click here.

Zoom Classes with a Fee

Nothing planned currently, please check again soon!

Below The Fold

welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

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What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Open Sitting meditation session on Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration


Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.

Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube



Ella Chang and Yoonie Choi-Reich concert on YouTube

Our Gallery venue

Article in the Chevy Chaser about our new beginnings, and one on Tips for Mindfulness

Featured Programs

Council Meeting on Zoom

January 20th—June 21st

All are welcome to attend our regular Council meetings. See full program description for instructions for the Zoom link. Continue »

Community Gathering: Opening the Circle

August 28th—June 25th

Lexington Shambhala Community Gathering: Opening the Circle Continue »

Heart of Warriorship-the Art of Being Human

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

May 14th—May 16th

Shambhala Online has developed the exciting opportunity to offer the full series of Shambhala Level Trainings led by senior teachers in Shambhala and hosted by local groups and centers. These are live weekend retreats which may be attended through the Lex Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →


Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Looking for a retreat spot nearby? Please see this Ziji Tiny Retreats page for information on a tiny retreat cabin.

Shambhala Global Services

What is Shambhala Global Services? What services do they provide for Shambhala? Please see this Google document for an explanation.

Recent News

  • Video of our Dec. 5 Concert

    If you didn’t get to see this live, here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCneJrMkn14